p.2 The Steamer Prince Edward left this for Kingston, on the 1st instant - the earliest trip ever made on the Bay of Quinte. There is much produce to be shipped, but little or none will leave for a month, as the wise forwarders in Kingston have resolved to charge a heavy warehouse charge upon all goods received previous to the 1st of May. It may be a good policy, but we question it.
The above paragraph is from the Belleville Intelligencer. If our contemporary will recall to his memory the immense loss sustained in the spring of 1840 by Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, in the destruction of their stores, filled with early shipments, and the subsequent legal decisions by which they were forced to make good all loss to the owners, he will not for a moment question the policy of adopting such a protective measure as that to which our forwarders have resorted, in the present case.
Cleared - From this Port on Friday evening the 28th ult., the Schooner Ann Jane Brown laden, by R.N. Waddell, Esq., with nearly 1200 bbls. of Flour, from the Port Hope mills. This is the first Schooner that has left our harbor this Spring, though she might have left several weeks ago had Kingston harbor been free from ice as early as ours. This fact speaks volumes in favor of the project of improving our harbor as a public work. [Port Hope Gazette, April 5th]
p.3 The steamer Canada on her first upward trip, last week, we regret to state, grounded opposite Alexandria Bay, and for several days resisted all attempts to draw her off. She has been at length relieved and is now again in Port, having sustained, we believe, comparatively trifling damage.
The steamer Henry Gildersleeve, drawn up last fall on the marine railway and considerably lengthened by Messrs. Fowler & Hood, has been launched, and will shortly be ready to take her place in the River Mail Line.
The steamer Sovereign is the only one of the Lake Line, which has made its appearance in port. We believe that the Princess Royal and the City of Toronto will in a few days commence regular trips.
The Bay steamers are running and are fully employed.
The Oneida alone of the American steamers has yet visited us, but the Lady of the Lake and the Rochester will shortly follow.